Rescue on the Trinity River: CHP Release More Information on Saturday’s Crash
Woman huddled on the roof of her vehicle which was submerged in the Trinity River after a crash Saturday. [Photo provided by the CHP]
On February 10th, 2024, around 4:50 PM, a Nissan Rogue crashed off of Hwy 299 into the Trinity River east of Junction City after reportedly speeding. The driver, a woman who was alone in the vehicle, managed to escape through a window and climbed onto the car’s roof. The car eventually was carried several hundred feet downstream by the current.
A helicopter assisted with rescuing the driver. [Photo provided by CHP]
Emergency responders, including the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other agencies, arrived quickly at the scene. The CHP Northern Division’s helicopter, H-14, was deployed and successfully lifted the woman, 39-year-old Elena Melee of Junction City, to safety. She was then taken to Mercy Medical Center Redding by Trinity County Life Support.
Authorities have stated that alcohol or drugs do not appear to have been factors in the accident. The CHP thanked all the agencies that helped with the rescue. They urging everyone not to speed. “We hope this crash will serve as a reminder of the dangers of driving at excessive speeds,” the press release stated. “Slow down and arrive alive.”
Earlier: Major Injury Accident on Hwy 299 East of Junction City